Thursday, May 22, 2014

USF Police issue fraud alert for students

Tampa, Florida -- The University of South Florida Police Department says it has received several reports of students allowing individuals to use their bank account and/or have access to their ATM card and PIN number.

Police say the suspects will approach a student and ask the student to use their account to deposit a check claiming that they don't have access to a bank account themselves and need to cash a check. They will then offer the student a ride to the ATM, and upon arrival, deposit the stolen/fraudulent checks into the student's account and withdraw funds. Later, these checks are determined to be stolen/fraudulent and the student suffers a financial loss.

It is unknown whether these two suspects are associated, or working independently. The first suspect is a man last seen driving a red Mazda SUV. The second suspect is a woman last seen driving a white SUV.